• Emma Young

    Emma Young: Journalist and Author of The Last Bookshop

    I’ve been so busy in 2020 that I haven’t had much time to update this blog.  I’ve been keeping a low profile on social media but I’m hoping that I’ll have more time towards the end of the year to interview more artists.  I had an interview with Perth author Jo Morrison planned, but life took over. Jo is one of three authors shortlisted for Fremantle Press’ TAG Hungerford prize. Meanwhile, please enjoy an earlier conversation I had with Emma Young.  Emma’s debut novel The Last Bookshop will be released this summer!   **   Emma Young is an award-winning journalist at WAtoday by day and a novelist before sunrise. I…

  • Sophronia Liu

    Sophronia Liu – A Shimmering Sea, 20th Century Hong Kong

    It has taken me a very long time to put together this post because I wasn’t sure how I could best honour my friend Sophronia Liu. I have had this post marked as “Private” for over a year. I met Sophie in 2010 at a conference in Hong Kong. I was immediately drawn to her creative energy and openness. Until I met Sophie, I’d never  met a female and Chinese artist my mother’s age, let alone  someone who was part of the 1960s Asian-American/civil rights movement.  At the time, Sophie was a PhD student who was working on her memoir, which was posthumously  published as The Shimmering Sea,  a collection…

  • New Writers

    New Writers & The Land of Maybe

    The Archipelago   Endless horizon of blue-grey sky and sea. Freckled with spots of green and brown. The wanderer sees all with a pair of black beady eyes. Looking for a place to stay. At last, a refuge! He perched on top of an iron cross, wings wrapping him from the blowing winds. As the sun fell, darkness took over the sky, with dots of pale white forming arbitrary patterns – by Alen Tanoyo     Church Scattered clouds in lines of laced Not a single open face Blackened church of green white steeple Not a view of living people Rusted roof brown and slate Not a friend, a pal, a mate…

  • Young Writer

    To the Rabbits – A Letter

        To the Rabbits, How can we live with you drawing the life from this wretched land? You have taken our food and our children so forcefully, you have built machines to destroy all that we love and you have waged countless wars against our people and won. Ever since the first time we saw the columns of smoke coming from your cursed inventions, we knew that you would bring utter destruction. Ever since we first saw the masts of your ships, we knew that you would become the dictators. And ever since the first time we saw your guns, we knew you would start this war that has…